Cartilage is a connective tissue that is found in most parts of the human body. It is a flexible and tough material, but it is relatively easy to damage. The rubbery tissue serves as a cushion between the body joints and bones in the body. Those with some cartilage damage often experience stiffness, joint hitches, and inflammation. If you believe you are struggling with cartilage damage, schedule your consultation with Plymouth Bay Orthopedic Associates and learn more about the cartilage repair process.
Some Facts on Cartilage Damage
Cartilage performs various functions in any individuals’ body. Some functions include:
- Reduction of friction along with acting as a cushion between various joints. The cartilage also helps in supporting your weight whenever you bend, run or stretch.
- Cartilage holds the human bones together like the ribcage bones.
- Some human body parts comprise entirely of cartilage. A good example is a human ear or nose.
- In children, the long bones are as well made of cartilage which later grows to bones.
Symptoms of Cartilage Damage
Patients with some cartilage damage complications will experience symptoms such as:
- Inflammation: swelling of the damaged areas and the areas also become sore, and tender.
- Range limitation: as any cartilage damage progresses, the joints become weak in their flexibility and result in compromised movement.
Such damages mostly occur in the wrist, knee, ankle, hip joints, and shoulder. In severe scenarios, a cartilage segment could break off and cause a blockage in a given joint, leading to hemarthrosis.
Cartilage Repair Techniques
Cartilage Repair and regeneration refers to the treatment of joints which are affected by the damaged cartilage. We highly recommend such treatment for people who are experiencing cartilage damages caused by:
- Repetitive Usage of joints
- Trauma and Injury
- Various congenital abnormalities
- Several hormonal disorders such as the osteochondritis dissecans
There is a variety of cartilage repair techniques which mostly depend on the location and size of the defect.
For more information on cartilage repair, contact us at Plymouth Bay Orthopedic Associates at 781.934.2400 to schedule a consultation today.